The Seattle Composers Alliance

We are a non-profit professional organization made up of working composers, students, and others interested in professional music composition. The SCA was created so that composers could gather with their peers in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere and share knowledge, experience and information. But we also have an agenda: special forums and seminars of interest to our members; expanding Seattle’s reputation as a center for musical creativity; and educational outreach to our community.

Events

October 2014 Announcements- Annual Memberhsip Meeting and Call for Scores

Dear Seattle Composers Alliance Members,

We have so much exciting news for you all! First and foremost, mark your calendars for October 16th at 7pm for our annual All-Members Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Seattle Film Institute at 3210 16th Av. West Seattle WA 98119. We will provide food and refreshments, and meeting topics will include:

  • The SCA Year-In-Review

  • Board Elections and Officer Elections

  • Our direction, and the approach from the Society of Composers and Lyricists

  • 90 second Demo Derby and your music in 1-sentence

This will be a big meeting for the SCA and we hope to see you all there to help discuss some of these significant opportunities we will have been presented with.

In other news, we are happy to announce the winners for the first- annual Seattle Composers Alliance’s Call for Score: String Quartet. We congratulate these selected quartets:

Susan Maughlin Wood-

Mirasteros

Paul Reale-

Simplexity

Michael Kovell-

Minuet

Victoria Malawey-

Vestiges

Daniel Webbon-

Three Short Songs for String Quartet

Heidi Fivash-

Indecision

Daniel Espen-

Danza visionaria

Michael Zapruder-

Tritone Arch

Jiyoung Kim-

Grey-Ari and Red-Ari

Michael Moore- Habanera Celestial

We look forward to sharing them with you on October 21 at 7:30 as a part of The Wayward Music Series at The Chapel at The Good Shepherd Center at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103. Free for members, suggested $5-15 donation for the general public.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 16th and 21st!

Michaud Savage

SCA Secretary

The Seattle Composers Alliance presents its first-annual Call for Scores Competition: Works for String Quartet

The Seattle Composers Alliance presents its first-annual Call for Scores Competition: Works for String Quartet. Scores must be received via mail by September 15, 2014. 10 winning scores will be performed by the Saint Helens String Quartet on October 21, 2014 at The Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center as a part of the Wayward Music Series, will receive a studio recording of the piece, and the #1 winner will also receive a free invitation to participate in next year’s call for scores.

Prizes:

•First place winner will receive a 1-year Full Membership, a studio recording of their piece, and a free-invitation to participate in next year’s Call for Scores. Full Membership includes priority participation in “Fly Film Making” (Seattle International Film Festival) and other composing opportunities, priority registration for Film Meets Music networking events, discount entry fees to selected events throughout the year, reduced admission to SCA-sponsored events, free admission to SCA members-only networking nights, access to SCA members-only online articles, access to SCA members-only videos of select live events, project leads from the SCA Web site’s “Need a Composer?” request form.

•Second and third place winners, in addition to the performance and recording, will receive 1-year Associate Memberships. Associate Membership includes reduced admission to SCA-sponsored events, free admission to SCA members-only networking nights, access to SCA members-only online articles, access to SCA members-only videos of select live events, project leads from the SCA Web site’s “Need a Composer?” request form.

 

Submission Rules:

•The call for score is open to all composers, with or without membership, regardless of nationality or age.

•Must be scored for 2 violins, 1 viola, and 1 violoncello.

•Compositions must have been written in the past 2 years, never premiered.

•Compositions must be 3-5 minutes in duration.

•Submissions must include 2 full scores, 1 copy of each part. Parts single sided.

•Scores will be chosen by members of the string quartet and by members of the SCA board.

•Composers should not include their name on the piece, but rather should have an identifying

phrase which matches on an included key for the scores. We will guarantee anonymity of the

participants during the selection process.

•Pieces must not be published before the performance.

•Decisions are not open to appeal.

•Material will not be returned.

 

 

Deadline: September 15, 2014

Address: Seattle Composers Alliance P.O. Box 17259 Seattle, WA 98127.

Entry fee: $20 Full Members and students, $30 Associate Members, $40 Non-members

Currency: USD
SCA_Call_for_Scores_flyer

Seattle Ravel Study

ravelThe Seattle Composers Alliance presents

Seattle Ravel Study

Inspired by Ron Jones’ Ravel Study in L.A., we are proud to present a new chapter of the study group here in the Northwest.  Join us July 8th from 7pm to 9pm at the Seattle Film Institute in the theater, where we’ll dive deep into the analysis of Daphnis and Chloe, Suites 1 and 2, in this first of a series of meetings.  Long held by critics as Ravel’s “masterpiece for orchestra,” we will explore what makes a great orchestration, and how we can make our own music better.

 

What: SCA presents Seattle Ravel Study: Daphnis et Chloe, Suites 1 & 2 (First Meeting)

When: July 8th – 7pm to 9pm

Where: Seattle Film Institute, 3210 16th Ave W

Everyone is welcome to attend!  There are no requirements, no home work, other than bring your curiosity and enthusiasm for great music.  If you do wish to roll up your sleeves and dig in with us, you can purchase a copy of the Suites 1 and 2 and the CD.  We will be using specific materials, so check out the information below on the versions we are using.

Also, you are welcome to download the extra materials provided by Ron with some tips on how to better explore the score on your own. Please let your friends know, too.

You can read a synopses of the ballet at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnis_et_Chloé

Study Materials

Ron’s study notes: Download location is TBD – look for this in future announcements

 

Score for Suite 1 and 2 in Full Score

Dover Music Scores, Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486449513

 

Daphnis and Chloe in Full Score (if you prefer to have the entire score)

Dover Music Scores, Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486258262

 

CD recording we will be using as a reference:

Daphnis et Chloe – La Valse

Berliner Philharmoniker – Pierre Boulez – 1995

Deutsche Grammophon

Opportunities

Opportunity: Music for Feature Film – for pay

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Received: 6/24/2014 13:04:52

What: Feature film

Description: ”Dog Days of Winter” is a retrospective on the start up of organized freestyle skiing during the early 1970’s in America. Told from the point of view of some of the most influential pioneers of the sport, “Dog Days” tells the story of key people and events that set the stage for the birth of the sport, the spirit that freestyle is rooted in, factors that took the “free” out of freestyle and what has become of the sport today.

Approximate production length or amount of music: 62-minutes, I need about 15-minutes of music to replace the classic rock songs I’m currently using.

Location: Bellingham, WA

Desired timeframe for completed music: As soon as possible

Specific experience / skills for composer: I’m looking to replace 60’s & early 70’s classic rock and funk songs

Budget for music: I have $2000 of my own money left for music.

Composers compensation contingent on fundraising?: If beyond $2000

Name and contact: removed – composer chosen.

Other info:

If you have any SCA-related questions about the submission process, or this post, you can contact support@seattlecomposers.org.  Happy composing![/ismember]

Opportunity: Backing Tracks – for pay (make offer)

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Received: 12/29/2013 16:20:12

What: Backing Tracks

Description: Backing Tracks

Approximate production length or amount of music: I have several songs.

Location: Seattle

Desired timeframe for completed music: ASAP

Specific experience / skills for composer: Ability to read charts, jazz standards and originals and create solo piano/keys backing tracks in digital form

Budget for music: Make me an offer and we will go from there

Composers compensation contingent on: I pay

Name and contact:

Mark Lilly

ogunde52@hotmail.com

206-548-4909

Other info: Look forward to hearing from you awesome musicians.  These backing tracks are in prep for upcoming shows, if it work out I would hire you in the future and you would already know the material

If you have any SCA-related questions about the submission process, or this post, you can contact support@seattlecomposers.org.  Happy composing![/ismember]

Opportunity: Music for Sci-Fi Short

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What: Short film

Description: Film about surviving a sci-fi alien style virus. Drama/Comedy/Sci-Fi

Approximate production length or amount of music: 20 minutes desired

Location: Seattle area

Desired timeframe for completed music: January 15th 2014

Specific experience / skills for composer: Electronic fx style (i.e, Portal soundtrack, The World’s End), creative percussion style (Hans Zimmer-esque)

Budget for music: $0-$20

Composers compensation contingent on: Quality of product

Name and contact: Petyr Xyst

petyrx@gmail.com

206-718-2477

Other info: Can send a script if anyone accepts, a draft of the film itself isn’t complete yet.

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